7-23-2009
Made it to Texas and our ride is past its half way point. After 29 days we have ridden in 12 states, plus the US capitol. Now that we are in the Lone Star state we won’t cross another state line for 15 days. I’m looking forward to events in Dallas, Austin and, San Antonio. As you can imagine it feels like we just started this ride just the other day but at the same time I feel like I’ve been riding months. And on the other end I’m glad that we have a long way to go but myself and some of the other southern route riders have said is how soon it’ll be till we are done with the trip. That’ll be a bummer. I’m having fun on this trip but like anything else it’s a teeter-todder of highs and lows. I rode about half the day yesterday then SAG’ed it in to the campground. Nick was good company in the van for the last half of the route. The two days before that I’d ridden the route entirely alone. One was just because I was riding my own pace just to get the ride ridden so I could get out of the sun, and the other was because I wanted to route myself. I knew the address of out lodging and had a map so I did it on my own. Starting in Seminole, OK I rode west on Route 9 like the way-sheet said but a couple miles later I did a detour North-West on the 3E toward Shawnee. I got off of the marked state routes in town but knew that if I’d stay north till I found a road going west I could still get back on the road I wanted. I found a few photo worthy things in Shawnee and was on my way out of town toward Oklahoma City so I rode North. I crossed over an East-West Interstate and turned west on the next paved country road. I wanted to link up with the OK 270 and take it North West into the city. But as I made my way across the country road and got to the end I then realized that there is a river that not all the roads crossed. Some of them were simply unmarked dead ends. I had to turn around and cover the same miles twice. I headed North on the 177 for about 9 miles before I found another paved road heading West. That was the US 62 and that becomes 23rd Street. I rode that into the capitol city and right past the capitol building. So it wasn’t such a bad detour anyway. From there I happened to ride past the Oklahoma City Memorial. Then quite a few more miles to the East side of the city to our hotel where I promptly ordered a Papa John’s super veggie pizza and took a shower. Later, the group walked a couple blocks to the event at Louie’s bar and grill. We meet Rob Smith who reps 42 Below in the area and Texas. Pretty nice guy and I’m glad he’s doing all our events in his home state. I also did a video interview for a local news station and I’ll try to find the link so you can see how tan I am from riding my bike all day every day.